So, my first attempt at W8R3 ground to a halt barely half way through in high humidity daytime weather in Shenzhen in the south of China. I'd finished the first and second runs of the week successfully, but at night. Now I have returned to the blissfully temperate climate of the Liverpool coastline, I was eager to see how a repeat of the run would go.
And, as predicted by more experienced friends, it felt much less difficult. My legs loosened up after about 4 minutes, I found myself holding a steady pace to the 28 minute mark (4.2 km ran) without major breathing or overheating discomfort. Very different to how even a night Week 8 run felt last week in Shenzhen, where the last 8 minutes was an exercise in escalating volumes of silent swearing.
So when I hit 28 minutes and got a "run completed" notification from my tracker app, I immediately punched "go again", without resting, and starting running the return trip. I expected to run out of gas after a short time, but somehow the crisis never happened. I kept going all 28 minutes to just short of my start point (I was a little slower - 4.1 km distance covered).
I'm paying for this over-enthusiasm now with a few more aches and soreness than usual, so I'll make sure I take two free days to rest up properly, and get back on the programme for Week 9.